PCL : Durham Consolidated Courthouse
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Durham Consolidated Courthouse

Project Overview

The Durham Consolidated Courthouse — a modern 450,000-square-foot integrated facility — is the most energy-efficient government building in Ontario and the first to achieve LEED Gold certification. It is also the most technologically advanced courthouse in Ontario. Among the award-winning features of this project are the 33 courtrooms, three motion rooms, jury assembly room with capacity for 300 people, enhanced security features such as video surveillance systems, and a main entrance security checkpoint. It is a fully accessible building, complete with a jury courtroom that is equipped for simultaneous interpretation. This allows the proceedings to be translated into another language for people in the public gallery.

As the courthouse was built on a former industrial site, the client’s responsibility to ensure site remediation presented numerous schedule challenges after tests revealed that preconstruction remediation had been inadequate. PCL progressed with some construction work and adjusted the project schedule while third-party efforts were underway achieve the required site conditions. PCL took part in numerous meetings with the client, the local municipality, and consultants to ensure a workable solution was reached, and then modified the schedule to achieve completion by the originally intended date.

DETAILS

CLIENT:
Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation
PROJECT LOCATION:
Oshawa, ON
PCL OFFICE:
Toronto – Buildings & Civil Construction
COMPANY:
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
SECTOR:
Buildings
MARKETS:
Commercial, Government Public Facilities and Military, Green - Sustainable Construction
DELIVERY METHOD:
Public Private Partnership (P3)

Awards

2011 Brownie Award - Financing, Risk Management & Partnerships Category - Canadian Urban Institute

2011 Innovation & Excellence in Infrastructure Development - Silver Award - Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

Award of Excellence - Green Building - Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Award of Merit - Project Financing - Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

Justice Facility Review 2008 - American Institute of Architecture